The origin of malassadas is believed to be in Portugal, where they are a traditional dessert that is especially popular during Carnival season. The word "malassada" comes from the Portuguese word "mal-assada," which means "under-cooked" or "badly cooked." It is said that the name refers to the fact that the dough for the malassadas is cooked quickly in hot oil, resulting in a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior.
Malassadas were brought to the Azores by Portuguese immigrants and have become a beloved treat in the region. From there, malassadas were introduced to other parts of the world with Portuguese communities, such as Hawaii and parts of New England in the United States.
Today, malassadas are enjoyed by people of many different backgrounds and cultures, and they continue to be a popular dessert in many places around the world.
However, here is a popular recipe for Azorean Portuguese malassadas that you can try:
Note the original Portuguese malassadas do not have an oval shape such as the ones you'll see in the diaspora, Hawaii etc. The shape of an original malassada is rounder and flatter.[caption id="attachment_12938" align="alignright" width="300"] Malassadas dough[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12939" align="alignright" width="300"] Frying malassadas[/caption]
I hope this recipe helps you make delicious malassadas!
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